We are currently in position 49 09N 007 27W, saillng at 6 knots on a course of 080M. The wind is NW at 25-28 knots with a confused 2m sea and 1.5m swell. We are sailing under staysail only. Low-level overcast. Our day's run was 130nm, our DMG was 124nm and we have 117nm to go.
Yestterday afternoon we continued motoring until 0130 this morning. The wind was very light. At 0100 at new S wind started to appear and by 0130 we could sail again. Since then the wind has gradually increased and rain showers have been coming through. Quite misty too.
Zen Again approaching the English Channel
This morning the wind got up to 28-30 knots as the front went through. We handed the main an hour or two prior which worked out well. The wind has veered into the NW and moderated a little. This has created a confused sea which is slowly settling down. Occasional squalls with 30 knots of wind and light rain are passing by but the boat is comfortable and so are we. There are hints of blue in the sky to windward so hopefully the clould might break up later, if only for a while.
The big news of the day is that we are in soundings. After 10 days there's a water depth on the dial - about 140m. We have reached the European continent! The downside is that fisherman like continental shelves so there are fishing boats about. So far all of them have AIS transmitters.